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Hercules striker Nelson Valdez accuses Valencia's David Navarro of striking him on the back of the head during Sunday's match.

Hercules striker Nelson Valdez has accused Valencia defender David Navarro of punching him on the head during Monday’s 2-0 defeat at the Mestalla.

Los Che ran out winners thanks to goals from Aritz Aduriz and Tino Costa in either half, but the Paraguayan forward claimed to the media yesterday that he was unhappy with the uncompromising defender, who struck him as they jumped for a ball in the 28th minute of the match.

He stated: “I’ve never been dirty and I like players who play hard, but play for the ball, not the body. You have to be professional, and Navarro is a player who cannot lose matches.”

Valdez also referred to a match in 2004 where he had struck twice against Valencia to knock them out of the Champions League, and felt that the home support remembered his celebration from that evening.

He continued: “Things happened seven years ago, when I was 19 and I never wanted to disrespect the fans of Valencia, it was just a celebration of a goal. If someone knows how to lose, then they are not playing football.”

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